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Introducing chocolate to your whisky…

I love it when two distinct themes come together!  Just as I thought there was sooooo much to learn about whisky… chocolate makes an appearance.  Mix them together and you create magic!

Mixing Lindt chocolate with Macallan Gold completely changes the dynamic of the flavours and texture.  It brings out mint and coffee notes.  It is actually unbelievable and incredibly addictive!

I now need to explore what whisky goes best with what chocolate.  Whisky and chocolate matchmaking. Stay tuned for future discoveries.

Do you mix your whisky with any food?  I hear whisky and cheese is another avenue.  What else is there?







Smashing in at 1st place…. The Macallan Sienna..

The Macallan Sienna… Sweet, spicy, sensational!!

Sienna is part of The Macallan 1824 series – no age statement- alongside Gold, Amber and Ruby. I was introduced to my new favourite whisky on my very first visit to The Macallan last month.

I’ve honestly not tasted a whisky like it!  Intense character and full of flavour.

Notes:  chocolate orange, fruity, apricots, raisins, vanilla and a touch of spice.


I was in Speyside for an overnight stay, in prep for a photography shoot at the spiritual home of The Macallan the following morning…. a 4.30am start! yip.. you heard me… a 4.30am start!

We had dinner the night before at the Copper Dog- a fantastic wee place in Craigellachie (built in 1893)- steeped in history with a modern twist.  It’s cosy, quirky and well worth the visit.  As you walk in you are presented with 900 whiskies sitting proudly on the wall…

What one would you pick??


If you’re ever in Craigellachie… go there! The food is amazing as well.. Remember to book. It’s extremely popular…


Anyway, 4.30am the following morning….  Along with the social media agency and photographer Dan Rubin, the day was spent capturing Easter Elchies house, the spiritual home of the Macallan.

Here’s a few of my own snaps… Check the size of the big Daddy Macallan bottle!

It’s an amazing place… there is something mystical about it.


I love everything The Macallan brand stands for… its commitment to exceptional quality, its hunger for innovation and constantly striving to go beyond the ordinary.

It really is extraordinary!  🙂

What scotch whisky character would you take to a party?

Shortly, I’ll be launching myself into the whisky industry.  My blog will be taking a new direction and whisky will be making a big appearance, alongside communications chat.

I’ve recently been immersing myself in the land of whisky, with an aim to learn and understand as much as I can about this magical potion. There are loads of expert whisky blogs out there, but I haven’t come across many that cater for the beginner…

Join me on my newbie adventures, what I’ll learn, and the places I go to find out all about Scotland’s famous tipple.

If you’re a novice to whisky and need to find a starting point…

The Scotch whisky experience (Edinburgh)

…is a good place to start!!


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It’s located on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, a stone throw away from Edinburgh Castle.

The tour begins with a barrel ride taking you through the whisky making process (I’ll cover more of this on distillery visits).

Afterwards, you are invited into a room for a sensory experience to learn about the Scotch whisky regions. The scratch and sniff cards help define the characteristics of each area…  They also act as a teaser before the taster session.


It’s good to start with scotch whisky in the different regions.

 Scotch whisky characters 

I like to think of the different regions as whisky characters at a party.  They are all different and each bring something to the table. It’s a great way to remember them and also makes it more fun!!

What type of whisky characters would you take to a party?



  • Highland:  Spicy and full bodied in the north.  Light and fruity in the South. Honey, caramel, vanilla, floral finish  
  • Speyside:  Sweet aromas and rich flavours. Known for it’s sherry casks, particularly the Macallan. Sweeeeeet!    Toffee, floral notes, apple, pear, honey, grassy
  • Islay: Peated and strong flavoured whisky. There are many layers to an Islay malt, very complex, very peaty, very smoky!!
  • Lowland:  Light bodied and mild.  Grassy notes, ginger, honeysuckle
  • Campbeltown: Peaty, salty, fruity, vanilla, smoky 

My verdict:  Who would I bring to a party?  Speyside!  All about the quality, rich and sweet. Let’s face it… he’s pretty cool as well 🙂

Although, just like the Highland character… sometimes it can depend on your own mood!